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Podium Summer Festival

  • Wed 12 Jun 16:00 - 21:00
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Free signup, dinner €8

An entire school year full of studying, grinding and meeting deadlines…. Remember how to relax? Dive into the tropical ambience of the Botanic Gardens with us to let all the stress slip away and get into a sunny mood for the summer holidays.

Stroll around our festival grounds and let yourself be entertained by upbeat tunes and creative workshops. Find a surprising book or score a festival outfit at Green Office HU’s second-hand market. Get drawn by Geraphic Studio’s caricature artist or get to work yourself with paint and paper. Go home with a personal poem written for you by Liedfs or settle down on a beanbag and get stuffed on ice cream and other delicious comfort foods.

Check out the programme below and be there for an unforgettable start summer kick-off!

Free ticket?

You don't want to miss out on this! Reserve your free entry ticket now.

€0 Let's go!

Ticket + drag queen dinner?

Utrecht based drag queens Boots and Cherry will give your dinner even more sparkle with their head turning looks and witty one-liners! Get your tickets for dinner now for just 8 euros. Food is served at 18:45.

€8 Let's go!


No signup needed, see where the summer breeze takes you. Just make sure you’re on time!

Round 1: 16:30 – 17:15

Creative writing

Need some inspiration for your postcards? Find the start of your writing flow, exchange ideas and explore your creativity in your texts. Join  this creative writing workshop with Julia de Dreu from cultural centre Parnassos

Playful mindfulness

Do you want to get out of your head? Through fun and playful exercises, coaches Romy en Aschra (FeeltoHeal) will help you get in touch with your gut feeling. Dare to follow your intuition!

Round 2: 17:45 – 18:30

Mobile photography

Want your memories to be picture perfect? Learn how to make the most of your own phone and shoot the best holiday photos with the help of photographer Joeri Boelhouwer.


Ready to take over the dance floor this summer? Learn some of the core dance moves of salsa with the dancers from Union Salsa Dance Company.

Music line up

16:00 - 16:45 Radio Trapani

Radio Trapani is the alter ego of Dario Trapani. He is an Amsterdam-based producer, guitarist and singer songwriter who was born and raised in Italy. After a decade spent looking into jazz and improvised music, he started singing, writing and recording pop songs and switched his career’s focus towards being an indie artist. His sound is informed by artists like Mac DeMarco, Porches, Dirty Projectors, UMO, Frank Ocean and Andy Shauf. Here he will be presenting a brand new minimalistic version of his album. An acoustic set for classical guitar, bass and vocals, together with his musical partner Alessandro Mazzieri.

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Photo by Beatriz Lerer Castelo

17:00 - 17:45 Talks Make Do

Dutch band Talks Make Do portrays a certain discomfort with modern society. Their music shows no trace of melancholy though. With their enticing tunes they leave you feeling optimistic and unable to keep still. The release of their tracks ‘ Ripples’ and ‘ Room For Love’ have drawn the attention of radio stations in the Netherlands and beyond. Their music style is reminiscent of bands like The Smiths and The Style Council.

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Spectaculair final performance

19:45 – 20:15

Be surprised by an intriguing physical performance to close off the evening. It really hurts when your head hits the concrete by DeRonde/Deroo embodies in a humorous and poetic way how we all carry our past with us. With their synchronised acrobatic movements, the performers immerse the viewer in an absurd surreal world with its own rules. Sometimes scary, sometimes funny…


This event will take place in the Botanic Gardens, some area’s will be harder to access with a wheelchair because they are on the grass. The programme is for both Dutch-speaking and international students, the primary language will be English. All food will be vegetarian. If you have any worries or needs that might prevent you from participating in this activity, please let us know by sending a message to podium@hu.nl and we will try to accommodate you as best as we can.

Botanic Gardens

Budapestlaan 17, Utrecht

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Wed 12 Jun 2024
16:00 - 21:00
Botanic Gardens
Free signup, dinner €8